You may notice that some ethical hacking bootcamps include preparation for certification as part of their programs. While you don’t necessarily need to complete a bootcamp to be eligible for certification, it’s an excellent way to build the comprehensive level of knowledge that you need to pass a certification exam.

Cybersecurity certifications can be vendor-specific or vendor-neutral. Vendor-specific certifications pertain to particular companies, such as Microsoft or Cisco, while vendor-neutral certifications apply to many different types of companies and organizations. For our purposes, we’ll examine vendor-neutral certifications.

Below are a few popular certifications for ethical hackers. It’s important to point out that all of these require some amount of relevant work experience. If you’re just starting your ethical hacking career, you may need to gain more work experience to be eligible for certification exams. Since some of the bootcamps we mention offer cybersecurity certification training, we thought it was important to touch on certification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

EC-Council offers this globally recognized credential. To take the certification exam, you must have at least two years of relevant work experience.

CompTIA PenTest+

This certification, offered through CompTIA, is appropriate for cybersecurity professionals who work with vulnerability management and penetration testing and have three or four years of relevant work experience.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®)

You earn the CISSP credential through ISC2. This certification is for security professionals with at least five years of relevant work experience who want to validate their expertise and advance their careers.

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Last Update: June 27, 2024

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